Rock Climbing Courses

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a day of professional training was well worth it...

Sam Ruddenklau, New Zealand

"Llewellyn was awesome! I feel like I could now head out climbing as part of a group and have a solid skill base to build from. I enjoyed the variety of climbs that Llewellyn showed me and (finally) making it to the top of the last 2 routes we did. It was great to learn the correct skills the correct way, rather than an interpretation of how to do things. I feel confident in what I have learnt and would say to others that the small investment for a day (at least) of professional training was well worth it.  A very professional and friendly crew."

More Information

Rock climbing with Aspiring Guides offers quality instruction, guiding and climbing.  We have a huge variety of climbing available, we start with the basics and progress you through all the essential skills.  Rock Climbing is available for corporate team building programs and school groups. Contact us directly for details.

Introduction to Rock Climbing in Wanaka (1-3 days)

We use the local Wanaka crags where there are are routes for all abilities. For new climbers this is an introduction to the fundamental principles and techniques of rock climbing movement and footwork. You will gain confidence in your skills, exposure to heights and trusting the rope. You will get more comfortable handling the ropes in the principles of pitching and belaying.

Intermediate Rock Climbing - Leading on sport and/or traditionally protected routes
(1-3 days)

Progress from top roping to leading; adapt from gym climbing to rock; from clipping bolts to placing gear. Push your grade and fill those gaps which may be in your technical repertoire such as anchor building or rescue techniques. Having a concentrated burst of climbing with professional instructors can let you step up to a new level of skill.

Advanced Rock Climbing - Multi-Pitch and Rescue (1-3 days)

This is for climbers with some experience of leading climbs and wishing to progress to multi-pitch and alpine routes. The focus is on efficient techniques and systems to climb safely and quicker on longer and committing multi-pitch and alpine rock routes.  Visiting more advanced crags such as Chinaman's Bluff in the Dart Valley, the Upper Matuktuki Valley and the Remarkables mountain range near Queenstown.


Available Dates

Scheduled courses on the following dates (subject to minimum numbers).  
Private courses available at any time, subject to guide availability

Course Level Status
2018    
3 days : Nov 9 - 11 Intro Open
1 day : Dec 2 Intro  Open
1 day : Dec 15 Intro Open
2019    
3 days : Jan 11 - 13 Intermed Open
3 day :  Feb 2 - 4 Advanced  C: 1 place available


If the above dates/level don't suit please get in touch and we can try and schedule in a course that works for you

Difficulty

Technical Difficulty

Rock Courses can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.  A good level of fitness and comfort with heights is desired but many people use this course to test themselves for the first time.  Whether you are brand new or looking to push your limits your guide will be able to take you as far as you want to go.
Your guide will explain the basics of climbing and if you want to learn all about it or just grab and go, you guide will ensure your safety at all times.

Physical Difficulty

If you enjoy heights and are of average fitness there are rock climbs that you will be able to enjoy.  Initially it is all about balance and using your feet.  Rock shoes allow you to use your toes so strong legs, especially your calf muscles, are important.  As you progress and the climbs get steeper the weight shifts to you hands and arms.  This is where training is important to give you the endurance to do longer climbs.  We have climbs for all abilities and your guide will only tackle objectives that are within your grasp.


Price Details

Guide: Client Ratio Price per person
1 day course  
1:1 NZ $700
1:2 NZ $400
1:3 NZ $320
1:4 NZ $260
3 day course  
1:1 NZ $2,100
1:2 NZ $1,200
1:3 NZ $950
1:4 NZ $750
3 day advanced course  
1:1 NZ $3,300
1:2 NZ $1,900
What's Included
  • NZMGA/ IFMGA or NZOIA qualified guide/instructor
  • permit fees
  • lunch each day 
  • climbing equipment (except for rock shoe rental)
  • Ground transport
 
Not included (Intro and Intermediate courses) :
  • accommodation (wide range avail from NZ$30 per night), 
  • ​breakfast and dinner.
Advanced Course also includes :
  • accommodation 
  • ​food

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About This Trip


Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Intro to Rock Climbing

DAY 1 
Meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30am. Here you meet your guide and after a gear check, head out to the Matukituki Valley. We start with the basics of footwork and get you comfortable with the idea of exposure to heights.  Learning to trust the protection systems is a big part of day one.  Your guide will push you without burning you out. On hot days, we often stop for a cooling swim at one of the many local swimming holes.

DAY 2
Using your new skills you can begin to tackle longer climbs. Pitching and belaying are refined and you begin to get a feel for how the protection systems work.  With a wide variety of climbs to choose from there are lots of options to explore away from the crowds and find the next climb for your skill progression.
 
DAY 3
Continue to push your climbing grade, practice leading skills or get an introduction to multi-pitch climbing. Getting much further off the ground gives you a great chance to have a look around this amazing area.  The goal is to give you the skills, confidence and judgement to climb independently.  

Tombstone

Intermediate Rock Climbing

DAY 1  
Meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30am. Here you meet your guide and after a gear check, head out to the Matukituki Valley. This is a beautiful valley and with over 400 named climbs, is one of New Zealand's premier climbing locations. This will be the start of introducing and practicing  new skills and techniques to progress your climbing. On hot days we often stop in for a swim to cool off at one of the many local swimming holes.

DAY 2
Contiune working on rope techniques, refining systems or advancing your climbing grade with coaching from your instructor whilst being guided around the pick of Wanaka climbs away from the crowds.
 
DAY 3
Get a taste of longer routes whilst being introduced to mult-pitch climbing.  Getting much further off the ground gives you a great chance to have a look around this amazing area.  The goal is to give you the skills, confidence and judgment to climb independently.  

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Advanced Rock Climbing

DAY 1
Meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30am. Here you meet your guide and after a gear check, head out to the Matukituki Valley. This is a beautiful valley and with over 400 named climbs, is one of New Zealand's premier climbing locations.  There is the option to push further up the valley to explore some hidden gems on more advnaced crags such as Pearly Gates and Wishbone Falls whilst introdcuing and developing skills.

DAY 2
Travel long Lake Wakatipu to the start of the scenic Dart Valley and hike 1 hour to the 300m high Chinaman's Bluff to put the new multi-pitch climbing techniques into action. 
 
DAY 3
Returning through Queenstown head up the ski field roac into the Remarkables mountains. Hike into Lake Alta to climb the classic DB'eh Buttress, placing your own protection and continuing on up to the summit of Double Cone for superlative views down to Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Traverse over Single Cone to return to the carpark and onwards back to Wanaka for a well earned refreshment.

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